Effective May 15th, in response to revised guidance from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (“CDC”), Virginia Governor Ralph Northam lifted Virginia’s indoor mask mandate for all fully vaccinated individuals in the Commonwealth. In addition, most distancing and capacity restrictions will be removed on May 28.
What does this mean for you?
It means that for fully vaccinated individuals, you can resume most pre-pandemic activities without wearing a mask or physically distancing, except where otherwise required by federal, state, local, laws. Private businesses, employers and homeowners may continue to require the wearing of masks and distancing in their places of business or homes during showings.
Until May 28th, the following capacity restrictions apply:
Entertainment venues: Indoor entertainment and public amusement venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity or 1,000 people, up from 30 percent capacity or 500 people. Outdoor venues will be able to operate at 50 percent capacity—up from 30 percent—with no specific cap on the number of attendees.
Recreational sporting events: The number of spectators allowed at indoor recreational sporting events will increase from 100 to 250 spectators or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less. Outdoor recreational sporting events will increase from 500 to 1,000 people or 50 percent capacity, whichever is less.
Alcohol sales: Restaurants may return to selling alcohol after midnight, and dining room closures will no longer be required between midnight and 5:00 a.m.
After May 28th, all distancing and capacity restrictions will be removed. The state of emergency in Virginia will remain in place at least through June 30 to provide flexibility for local government and support ongoing COVID-19 vaccination efforts.
What does this mean for NVAR?
Over the last 14 months, NVAR has adapted to meet the needs of our members, staff, and community. From a fully virtual convention to online education sessions, your Association leveraged technology and resources to ensure your business could not only continue but thrive!
Our Mission at NVAR is to elevate Realtor® success by delivering exceptional value, driving innovation and impacting the industry. We recognize that COVID-19 changed the way members interact and collaborate with each other, their clients, and their Association. Every step of the way, NVAR has observed best practices, CDC Guidelines and Virginia Governor Executive Orders. In accordance with CDC Guidelines and Virginia law, fully vaccinated people no longer need to wear masks or socially distance while attending events, meetings and education sessions at NVAR. However, NVAR will continue to Meet Members Where They Are by offering both in-person and online options for events, meetings and education sessions.